Three Must Have Diagnostic Tools by Windows Sysinternals

March 11, 2015

Windows Sysinternals is host to numerous advanced system utilities and technical information that is available (for FREE) to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications. There are three of their utilities that I consider as “must have” utilities; and, the beauty of these three is that you can run them live from Sysinternals.

BgInfo – Displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display as the background for the logon screen. By default when you first run BgInfo it will display more than what is actually being shown in the screenshot and is very useful in getting good baseline visual information about any Windows based computer you may be troubleshooting.

BGinfo

Autoruns – Shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and when you start various built-in Windows applications like Internet Explorer, Explorer and media players. These programs and drivers include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. Autoruns reports Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond other autostart utilities.

Autoruns

Process Explorer – Shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded AND isuseful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

 Process Explorer

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Extend The Functionality Of Evernote With CardDesk

February 20, 2015

If you are an Evernote user you may want to take a look at the new cloud app called CardDesk (which is currently in Beta). Signup for the account at CardDesk is FREE and you have nothing to lose.

CardDesk

In a nutshell CardDesk is a web application that ties in nicely with your Evernote account to give you a visual desktop organizer for your Evernote notes. The notes give the appearance of index cards that can be moved around and arranged on any number of virtual screens or desktops (where you can select from different backgrounds). You can edit a note by double clicking on the header of the note.  Nice concept…

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What is meant by “The Cloud” or “Cloud Computing”

February 16, 2015

I often have people ask me; “What is the cloud or what is cloud computing?”. This past week at work I received a Google Gram (from Google) in my workplace email that really summed it up very nicely…

cloud image

Cloud Computing” is the use of the internet to run applications or store data. Until recently, most software programs ran on your personal computer. Cloud computing changes that: programs run on a remote server (or servers), accessed by (but not stored on) your computer. Web-based email = cloud computing. Google Apps = cloud computing. Facebook = cloud computing.

In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet.

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Get Ramped Up For Your Weekend (or Workday) With AccuRadio…

February 7, 2015

Here is a FREE  internet radio service, called AccuRadio, to get you ramped up for the weekend (or your workday).

AccuRadio

AccuRadio’s claim to fame is their reach of over a half-million unique listerners per month with as many as 25K simultaneous listeners on weekdays during business hours (which falls into the internet radio’s prime time for listening).  AccuRadio has been designed specifically for adults with sophisticated musical tastes featuring genres such as adult contemporary, classical, jazz, classic rock, Broadway, country, and world music. AccuRadio’s audience is almost equally divided between the 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, and 55-64 age groups.

AccuRadio can be accessed through your web browser and is available (as an app) on the following platforms:  iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Roku, Nook, and Chrome.

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Google Earth Professional Now FREE

February 1, 2015

If you enjoy Google Earth, then you will like the news that Google Earth Professional is now FREE. To read more about this, to download and to get your FREE registration key, CLICK HERE… Google Earth Professional originally carried with it a price tag of $399 per year. One notable feature of Google Earth Pro is the advanced measuring and drawing tool (see video).

Google Earth Pro gives you access to Google’s comprehensive globe, including aerial imagery, street data, panoramic Street View images, historical imagery, and points of interest. In addition, Google Earth Pro offers tools and capabilities designed specifically for business users, including:

  • Print high resolution screenshots
  • Map large GIS datasets
  • Quickly map thousands of addresses
  • Create custom movies to share with clients and customers
  • Measure area with a polygon or circle
  • View demographic, parcel and traffic data displayed in colorful layers

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Play Yahtzee Online (for FREE)

January 20, 2015

If you are from my generation, I am sure you played Yahtzee where the object of the game was to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. Today there are numerous virtual (software and online) versions of Yahtzee available.

The best online version that I have come across, that is not saturated with too many ads that distracts from the playing of the game, is at Yahtzee.org

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